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Cincinnati wraps up spring practice

Just because Cincinnati held its spring game on April 16 doesn't mean the Bearcats finished practicing that day.

They kept going last week and wrapped up their 15th and final practice session on Saturday. Head coach Butch Jones said he likes setting up the spring like that.

"So many times, when you conclude spring with the spring game you still have questions," he told the official Cincinnati web site. "We were able to come back, step back and look at the spring game and evaluate. These spring practices were invaluable."

Jones said his defense, which returned 11 starters, "continues to make great strides" though he added it's "still not anywhere where they need to be." He said the offense showed improved execution and pace during the final week. The Bearcats spent a lot of time Saturday working on special teams drills.

One issue that still needs to be resolved is finding a backup quarterback to senior Zach Collaros. Chazz Anderson, Collaros's backup the past two years, worked at receiver the final week of practice.

"We're just experimenting," Jones told the UC site. "Chazz is going through that phase in his life right now where he's graduated, he already has his degree. He wants to help the team and he's a competitor. We'll sit down and we'll see how this goes."

Jones was also pleased to get through the spring without any major injuries. Cincinnati did lose promising freshman wideout Shaq Washington to an ankle sprain, but he's expected back in about a month or so.